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North Carolina Contract Statute of Limitations

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									                  Statutes of Repose/Statutes of Limitations

    State           Statute of Repose* (years)               Statute of
                                                        Limitations**(years)
Alabama                           13                             2
Alaska                            10                             1
Arizona                            8                             1
Arkansas                5 – property damage                      1
                4 – personal injury actions based on
                           tort or contract
California                4-patent defects
                          10-latent defects
Colorado                           6                             2
Connecticut                        7                             1
Delaware                           6                             2
Florida                           10                             4
Georgia                            8                             2
Hawaii                            10                             2
Idaho                              6                             2
Illinois                          10                             4
Indiana                            6                             2
Iowa                              15
Kansas                            10                             2
Kentucky                          10                           No law
Louisiana                          5                             1
Maine                             10                             4
Maryland                          10                             3
Massachusetts                      6                             3
Metro                             10                             3
Washington
Michigan                        10                               6
Minnesota                       10
Mississippi                      6                               3
Missouri                        10                               5
Montana                         10                               3
Nebraska                        10                               4
Nevada                           8
New                              8                               3
Hampshire
New Jersey                      10                               2
New Mexico                          10                                            3
New York                           No law                       3 (does not apply to third party suits)
North                                6
Carolina
North Dakota                          10
Ohio                                  10                                          2
Oklahoma                              10                                          2
Oregon                                10                                          2
Pennsylvania                          12                                          2
Rhode Island                          10                                          3
South                                  8                                          3
Carolina
South Dakota                          10                                          3
Tennessee                              4                                          1
Texas                                 10                                          2
Utah                          6-contract actions
                                12-tort claims
Vermont                            No law                                         3
Virginia                               5                                          2
Washington                             6                                          3
West Virginia                         10                                          2
Wisconsin                             10                                          3
Wyoming                               10                                          4

*Statute of Repose: Statutes of repose bar actions against architects and engineers after a
specified period of time following the completion of services or the substantial
completion of construction.

**Statute of Limitations: Statutes of limitations bar actions against architects and
engineers after a specified period of time following an injury or discovery of a
deficiency.

It is important to have both a statute of repose and a statute of limitations. Without a
statute of repose, a design professional’s exposure to a claim could theoretically run
indefinitely, since an injury or the discovery of a deficiency could occur at any time.
Statutes of repose and limitations work together to limit the total period of time during
which the architect or engineer is exposed to liability.

								
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